Kenneth Eng Arrested

Posted by: on May 23, 2007 | No Comments

Quick, look surprised.

Kenneth Eng, the author of a controversial AsianWeek column that described reasons to “hate” black people, is being held in a New York jail without bail on assault and harassment charges.


Eng allegedly approached the mother and daughter as they stood in their driveway with their pet and said, “If your dog bites me, I will kill you and your family.” He then called the mother fat and lazy and swung a hammer at her and the dog, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

Eng’s certifiably nuts. Check it out: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Here’s to hoping the arresting officer was as chocolate as they come.

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She does not dream at all about such…

Posted by: on May 18, 2007 | No Comments

Penis enlargement. I get a few hundred a day. Yawn. But this girl — check out the cheap Photoshop job on this girl’s eyes. Classic. I also enjoyed the pork loin trussed weenie diagram. Quality spam.

Team Geo X-Treme

Posted by: on May 16, 2007 | No Comments

If your ride is as embarrassing as a decade old 3-cylinder Geo Metro, it’s always good to have a sense of humor about it:

Remembering Falwell

Posted by: on May 15, 2007 | No Comments

I don’t take any particular joy in his death, but I do know if I’d met him yesterday, he’d of deemed me immoral and doomed me to hell. So, well, fuck him.

You can Google around as well as I can to find out what an awful human being he was, but here’s a few in memorandum.

“I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!” (you didn’t!)

“AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians … the A.C.L.U., People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.'”

(in reference to 9-11) “God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.”

“Textbooks are Soviet propaganda.”

“The whole global warming thing is created to destroy America’s free enterprise system and our economic stability.”

“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”

Oh, and let’s not forget his crusade against Tinky-Winky, the purple Teletubby turning your children teh gay.

[ UPDATE: Heh. There’s a postmortem protest at 18th & Castro tonight. Hey, boys — shouldn’t you be saving this for Phelps? ]

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Comcast Availability

Posted by: on May 13, 2007 | No Comments

I declared jihad on Comcast a few weeks ago, and decided that I should monitor (TOTDT has this idea too, thanks!)

I had full monitoring on by April 19th. So far:

  • Monitor: 50 pings
  • Monitoring interval: 10 minutes
  • Total packets sent: 178,800
  • Total packets lost: 1,965
  • Total loss: 1.1%

That seems, well, okay. (Although as a software architect for web sites, I’d not accept anything less than 99.7%) They’re a large company, which in the US comes along with all the caveats: years of monopoly like buy-outs and crushing behavior to kill competition, low-paid employees, and an utter lack of customer attention until complaints get attention on national news. (Let’s not forget the Comcast employee who fell asleep on some dude’s couch waiting for his own company to answer the phone.) But it’s been an unusually good few weeks. I’ve not stopped the monitor, and it’s getting loaded into a database. It will get worse, unless the past does not repeat itself — and we know how that goes.

And if I start pairing down the stats to ‘prime-time’ hours, things get worse. I’m considering setting up some speed tests as well. I do get some amazing blasts of speed out of my cable modem, but I would really rather have 100% (or as close as you can get) reliable service. I also pay for their higher speed service, which promises 8Mbps downspeed. Of course, that rarely happens, a complaint hard to make given that you’re at the mercy of general internet traffic and the server from which you’re sucking down a file. Comcast’s “Power Boost” is an attempt to quell the masses, and it does an amazing job of seeding sites like with bullshit stats. Fact is, the very nature of the technology yields less availability the more that utilize the service at a given time. And there’s the rub. I’ll try to develop some “real” availability tests over the next few weeks — speeds in addition to basic availability.

I’m expecting Comcast, at some point, to declare my various tests against my connection some sort of violation of their TOS. That’s great. Too bad I’m working on a package which every Comcast subscriber (or any other) can install to judge the true availability of their ISPs connection.

Power to the people. Or some such shit.

Tired but True: MUNI

Posted by: on May 13, 2007 | No Comments

I’ll summarize up top: is there anyway to find out ‘incident’ stats on MUNI? Accidents, claims, etc?

Background: I live on Corbett, lower side of Twin Peaks, right above Market. It’s a twisty street serviced by the 37. And MUNI tried to kill me.

A few months ago, I had just turned off Portola on Corbett coming down to my house, and the 37 came tearing around a blind corner, doing at least 40, and occupying 1/3 of MY side of the road. I slammed on the brakes and banked right as much as possible. Parked cars made it impossible to seek complete shelter. The 37 took my driver’s side mirror off, leaving it dangling like an eviscerated organ, and coming within about 4 inches of killing me. Plowing into a 3500 lb car with 20+ tons of piss-soaked bus would of most certainly been my death.

Did the 37 stop? Of course not. I doubt they even felt it. When I called, did they even care? “Was there witnesses? How do we know it just didn’t happen on the street?” (Never mind I haven’t parked on the street since 2002 in San Francisco, and never in this car.) The replacement mirror cost under $300 — I suppose a small price for having not died, but what really pisses me off is that I still see this, day in and day out. Reckless high-speed driving, paying no attention to those pesky lanes. From both outside and inside the bus. At least twice a week, I make some sort of comment to myself about how “the 37 almost just killed me.”

So, anyone know where I can get stats on just how dangerous that bus is?

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Mad Skillz

Posted by: on May 13, 2007 | No Comments

This one’s for the ladies:

I’m sure you’ll go far boys. That ottoman looked very impressed. *shudder*

TiVo Series 3: Rockin’ at 1TB with the eSATA Upgrade

Posted by: on May 10, 2007 | No Comments

Sweet Jesus, this not-so-secret secret works! I pumped up my T3 by another 750GB today, yielding 131 HD and 1244 SD hours (up from ~32 HD hours, which was pretty weak.) Bring it on Planet Earth, you 11-part series of HD goodness!

The one kicker seems to be divorcing your new drive results in destroying anything since the two were married. Just like in real life. Something to keep in mind if you plan to start off small.

My TiVo decided to do a service upgrade during the whole thing, but it worked anyway. I went for this Apricorn EZ-Bus DTS dealie, but only because the name was just so damn sexy. Oh, and because you want a fan on anything that runs as hot as Seagate’s 750 and gets constantly poked by your Series 3.

Something to tide you over until they enable that damn TiVoToGo. (And no, today’s service upgrade didn’t deliver that. Some additional nice-to-haves, and ever more attention paid to that TiVoCast feature that no one uses nor really cares about.)

We’ve come a long way since that first 30GB Series 1, baby.

Uh, what’s this?

Posted by: on May 10, 2007 | One Comment

(h/t TOTDT)